I wrote yesterday about one of the quilts that was rejected from SAQA's Text Messages show. Here's another one that shared the same fate.
I had a big piece of fabric with words all over it; my sister had used it as a curtain for some years and when it was time to redecorate she sent it to me. I loved the typography but hated the words (really stupid) so I wanted to cut the fabric into really small, unreadable bits. I got the idea to make a piece in the style I call "postage stamp" quilts -- a bunch of miniature quilts stitched together into an open grid. In this piece, the "postage stamps" were about 1 1/4" tall by 1 3/4" wide.
I realized as I was submitting my entry that the contest rules required each piece to have a 4" sleeve at the top. This piece doesn't, because it doesn't have a solid area to attach a sleeve to the back of. Instead it hangs from a rod.
Maybe that's why it got rejected from the show, and if so, I certainly deserved it for missing this point in the call for entries. (But I have to wonder why SAQA, willing to expand the definition of "art quilt" last year to include many types of work that aren't exactly like traditional quilts, wants to be so rigid in its rules for how work is hung. I wonder if the efficiency of having a whole show full of quilts that can be installed with identical hardware is worth the potential loss of creativity in barring work that is different from the traditional norm.)
Well, no hard feelings -- this quilt, too, will have its day, just not in this show.